ABOUT THE LOTTERY
An overview of our organization.
How We Got Started
The Lottery was created by a ballot measure, Proposition 37, which was approved by 58 percent of voters on Nov. 6, 1984. The Lottery Act gave the Lottery a clear mission: to provide supplemental funding for public schools and colleges.
Initially, the Lottery Act capped administrative expenses at 16 percent of sales and required that 34 percent of sales go to education.
In April 2010, the Legislature passed Assembly Bill 142, which changed the Lottery’s funding formula to follow best practices. Those practices have helped lotteries throughout the nation increase sales and earn more money for their beneficiary.
AB 142 limits administrative expenses to 13 percent of sales, while requiring that 87 percent of sales go back to the public in the form of prizes and contributions to education. The law gives the Lottery the flexibility to pay out a higher percentage of its revenues in prizes than it has in the past, but only if it does so in a way that increases the total amount of money that goes to public schools and colleges.
Learn more about the management team »
Our Lottery Commission
The California Lottery is governed by a Commission appointed by the Governor and a new chairperson is selected annually. Regular meetings of the board are held as needed but at least quarterly and are open to the public.
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Lottery Games and Revenues
Lottery ticket sales started out at about $1.8 billion in the first year, growing to a peak of $3.6 billion in 2006. Sales declined for several years after that, until AB 142 was passed in 2010. Since that time, Lottery sales have been on the rise. Sales in Fiscal Year 2012-13 totaled over $4.4 billion.
Our menu of games includes nine different types with the majority of these sales coming from four of the most popular games – SuperLotto Plus, POWERBALL, MEGA Millions and Scratchers® tickets.
See our Game Descriptions and Odds »
Contributions to Education
Part of the California State Lottery Act mandate is to provide supplemental funding to California public education on all levels from kindergarten through the University of California plus several specialized schools. Today, we’re proud to fund California’s schools with over $1 billion annually. We continuously work to meet the needs of educational funding by managing sales growth and being efficient with our costs.
All segments of the public schools receive the same per pupil funding level from the Lottery based on average daily attendance of students in each school district.
See how much went to schools in your district »
There are 10 California Lottery offices throughout California including our Headquarters in Sacramento, California.
Find the office closest to you »
Security and Integrity
Consumer protection is very important to us. The California Lottery Security/Law Enforcement division have sworn peace officers in the 10 Lottery offices and Headquarters, employed to ensure the security of Lottery games, equipment and Lottery players.